28 july 2014

Central Asia news: Migration

Glimpse at misery Turkmen illegals face in Turkey

Glimpse at misery Turkmen illegals face in Turkey

17.01.2013 11:40 msk Migration Turkey, Republic of

According to the Haberler.com Turkish news portal, a woman from Turkmenistan, Ms. Mehriban Gurbanova, was killed during a family skirmish with her 27-year old husband from Ukraine on 13 January 2013; three more women from Turkmenistan suffered injures. According to local police, the man came to demand the debt one of the women owed him; having faced resistance, he used a knife. Another three Turkmen female citizens were poisoned at a New Year party having consumed poor quality alcohol, which killed them. One of the women died in a hospital after five days, still unconscious. Everyone at the party was in Turkey illegally. The deceased woman’s body was delivered to her native town of Mary, Turkmenistan, and her husband was deported. The person who brought the alcoholic beverage was identified – he is in hospital treated for alcohol poisoning…

Uzbekistan: Jamshid Mukhtorov arrested in the USA and a former police officer from Uzbekistan used to be friends

Uzbekistan: Jamshid Mukhtorov arrested in the USA and a former police officer from Uzbekistan used to be friends

24.02.2012 21:57 msk Migration Uzbekistan

In the course of the journalist investigation of the case of Jamshid Mukhtorov, arrested in the U.S upon terrorist charges, Fergana learned of another refugee from Uzbekistan, formerly a high ranking police officer in Jizak, who had been granted political asylum in the United States at about the same time as Jamshid. This phenomenon has been discovered some time ago. Back in 2007, a famous human right defender Talib Yakubov wrote the following in his article: “Both persecuted and persecutors flee from Uzbekistan. A high ranking police officer Zoir Sharipov, formerly in charge of the counterterrorism activities in the Jizak regional department of police, responsible for torturing dozens if not hundreds of people, has successfully settled down in New York as a result of events in Andizhan. It’ a mystery how he managed to enter the United States and obtain the political asylum”.

US think tanks are interested in the migration processes in Russia and religious situation among migrants

US think tanks are interested in the migration processes in Russia and religious situation among migrants

03.09.2010 10:40 msk Migration Russia

US think tanks, specifically, the Kennan Institute and Center for Strategic and International Studies, explore various aspects of labor migration in Russia. In order to collect preliminary information about migration flows, statistics and opinions of Russian experts the research teams visited the number of big Russian cities, including Yekaterinburg. Ferghana.Ru correspondent met the scholars and learned about the migration aspects, interesting for American researchers.

Tajikistan: Irrecoverable Losses

Tajikistan: Irrecoverable Losses

15.07.2009 15:19 msk Migration Tajikistan

Bodies of 65 labor immigrants were returned to Tajikistan from Russia in caskets in the first five months of 2009. in caskets The Death rate among the Tajiks seeking employment in Russia remains more or less unchanged year after year. Some of them die of natural causes, of course, but very many are murdered. Here is a story of three sisters who died in the Russian city of Surgut and of how immigration is unstoppable.

Uzbek Gastarbeiters learn new trades in the United States

Uzbek Gastarbeiters learn new trades in the United States

20.05.2009 12:13 msk Migration Uzbekistan

Uzbek intelligentsia found itself in a definitely bizarre, if not outright paradoxical, situation. Well-educated, smart, and talented as they are, these people are compelled to seek employment abroad where they end up doing backbreaking and low-paid menial labor more often than not. As a matter of fact, the necessity to seek employment abroad is in itself something paradoxical for the wealthy Uzbekistan. It is a lot of both workers and intelligentsia.

Russia: New web site for Gastarbeiters from Kyrgyzstan presented in Moscow

Russia: New web site for Gastarbeiters from Kyrgyzstan presented in Moscow

01.12.2008 17:36 msk Migration Russia

KGinfo.ru was presented in Moscow as a web site for labor immigrants from Kyrgyzstan. Authors of the project believe that information posted on the web site will make adaptation in Russia easier. Contacts with labor immigrants as the target group is one of the main problems of the web site organizers. According to Egemberdiyev, Kyrgyz media outlets promised help with promotion of the web site. This correspondent was repeatedly told at the presentation ceremony that families of the Gastarbeiters working in Russia will be able to communicate with "their" relatives via the web site from "any Internet-cafe in Kyrgyzstan."

Kazakhstan: Tougher Laws Needed To Prevent Labour Abuse, Slavery

17.07.2008 23:36 msk Migration Kazakhstan

As more foreign labourers in Kazakhstan are subject to abuse and virtual slavery, tougher laws are needed for employers using foreign labour, human rights groups in South Kazakhstan say. Nearly one-third of foreign labourers in Kazakhstan face inadequate payments or are not paid at all, human rights organisations estimate. Some employers pay minuscule salaries, justifying it by the allegedly low quality of unskilled labour, others withhold workers’ passports and return them as the only payment after the work has been completed.

Expert-Kazakhstan: Migration prompts economic degradation in Uzbekistan

22.01.2008 18:37 msk Migration Uzbekistan

The Uzbeks are considered the most settled nation in the Central Asia region. They would leave their homeland as a last resort. However, population outflow has significantly increased in the recent years. Those who had left the country before 1992 would hardly come back. The state in its turn tacitly fosters illegal immigration by relying on remittances sent by immigrants.

How citizens of Uzbekistan work as Gastarbeiters in Tajikistan

09.01.2008 16:12 msk Migration Tajikistan

That citizens of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan seek employment in Russia and Kazakhstan is common knowledge. What information is available to Ferghana.Ru, however, indicates that some Uzbek Gastarbeiters are willing to work in Tajikistan as well.

Army of labor immigrants from Tajikistan is swelling in numbers, and nothing can stop the process

Army of labor immigrants from Tajikistan is swelling in numbers, and nothing can stop the process

26.12.2007 12:13 msk Migration Tajikistan

Labor immigrants return from Russia to Tajikistan by the hundred to meet the New Year with their families. Experts from the Russian Federal Service of Immigration and Immigration Service of the Tajik Interior Ministry claim that practically every Tajik family has at least one Gastarbeiter coming home for the New Year celebration. Immigrants Day is celebrated throughout the international community (and in Tajikistan) on December 18. A roundtable conference took place in Dushanbe that day.

The first reception center for refugees in all of Central Asia is to be established in Kyrgyzstan

12.11.2007 19:59 msk Migration Kyrgyzstan

The first reception center for refugees in all of Central Asia will be opened in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, today. UN Commissar for Refugees Antonio Gutteres will attend the ceremony, and so will Aigul Ryskulova, acting head of the Kyrgyz committee for immigration.

Nearly 100,000 Chinese entered Kazakhstan in 2006

11.10.2007 12:01 msk Migration Kazakhstan

Almost 100,000 Chinese entered the territory of Kazakhstan in 2006 and only 5,000 of them obtained the official permit to remain, Yelena Sadovskaya said at her press conference in Alma-Ata on October 98. (Sadovskaya is an expert of the Research Council for Immigration of the CIS and Baltic states within the Immigration Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences.)

How do immigrants from CIS countries become Muscovites?

How do immigrants from CIS countries become Muscovites?

03.09.2007 13:19 msk Migration Russia

The capital of Russia celebrates Moscow Day on September 1. Needless to say, it is Muscovites Day as well. As things stand meanwhile, Moscow is being built by the people colloquially known a Gastarbeiters from the former Soviet republics. Many of them make some money and immediately leave for the distant Motherland. Others, however, chose to stay in Moscow. Contrary to the widespread opinion, labor immigrants are not just street-cleaners and seasonal workers. There are lots of doctors and scientists, designers and actors, restaurateurs and businessmen among them.

Kazakhstan: Right Union leader urges his followers to vote the United Social Democratic Party

26.07.2007 15:53 msk Migration Kazakhstan

Anatoly Ahmetov, leader of the Kazakh Right Union, joined the United Social Democratic Party and urged owners of autos with right side steering wheel to vote this party in the forthcoming Majilis election.

The new immigration control measures: who stands to benefit?

02.07.2007 20:42 msk Migration Uzbekistan

Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers "On record keeping concerning citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan employed abroad" was adopted in Uzbekistan in the middle of May 2007. Problems of labor immigration are in the focus of interest in Uzbekistan because labor immigration is a distinct prospect for a great many of its citizens. It is only logical therefore that the document in question and its practical implementation attract vivid interest.

Afghanis in Russia: Close-knit international diaspora 100,000 men strong

Afghanis in Russia: Close-knit international diaspora 100,000 men strong

27.06.2007 11:52 msk Migration Afghanistan

Ferghana.Ru news agency has already run some stories on establishment and functioning of Central Asian diasporas in Russia (see Immigration). Here is another story, on Afghani diaspora, in an interview with Mr. Gulam Mohammad, Fatherland Business Center President.

New organization for assistance to Central Asian immigrants established in Moscow

10.01.2007 11:41 msk Migration Russia

Centrasia non-profit partnership was established in Moscow in 2006. Judging by its program documents, Centrasia will make an emphasis on development of cultural and business contacts between Russia and Central Asian countries and on legal assistance to immigrants from the region. Centrasia will also put into motion exchange programs (labor resources, specialists, students) and help immigrants from Central Asian countries looking for jobs in Russia.

Tajik farmers in the Volgograd region

06.12.2006 13:48 msk Migration Russia

History of this Tajik family in Russia began 7 years ago when the four brothers first came to the Volgograd region and rented a plot of land. Everyone who knows them calls them hardworking men indeed. Back at home, the brothers handled fields of cotton in the vicinity Dushanbe and the experience and skills came in handy in Russia. This large family of more than 30 includes specialists in various fields. One of the brothers is a certified agronomist. The brothers bought two houses in the Volgograd region and brought their wives with children (five in each family) from Tajikistan two years later.

Newspaper Migrant NSK is published in Novosibirsk for the natives of Central Asia

02.10.2006 14:31 msk Migration Russia

Varorud news agency reports indicate that the first issue of Migrant NSK is on sale in Novosibirsk. A newspaper for the citizens of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan seeking jobs in Novosibirsk and its environs, Migrant NSK is published by the regional directorate of the federal Immigrant Labor Exchange. The newspaper will make an emphasis on what labor immigrants should know about the formalities involved.

Dushanbe-Moscow train: catching it is difficult, reaching destination doubly so

Dushanbe-Moscow train: catching it is difficult, reaching destination doubly so

22.09.2006 09:47 msk Migration

There was a time when the train from Dushanbe reached only Astrakhan, the fact that made the latter a major trans-shipment point for Central Asian immigrants on their way to Russia. Awhile ago, the route was extended to Moscow again. Made up in Dushanbe, it makes five runs to Moscow a week. Most trains come to Moscow from Dushanbe but there are also some trains from Kulyab. The ride takes nearly four days. The train crosses four borders - with Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, and finally Russia. This latter is crossed in the town of Aksaraisk not far from Astrakhan.

Immigrants from Central Asia grow almost 70% of the agricultural products in the Astrakhan and Volgograd regions

Immigrants from Central Asia grow almost 70% of the agricultural products in the Astrakhan and Volgograd regions

13.09.2006 16:15 msk Migration

Located in the southern part of the country, the Astrakhan and Volgograd region are known for agricultural products - watermelons, melons, tomatoes, aubergines, paprika, and so on. What information is available indicates that nearly 70% of the whole output is grown by immigrants from Central Asia.

Uzbek community in the Astrakhan region - a safety cushion for newcomers from Uzbekistan

Uzbek community in the Astrakhan region - a safety cushion for newcomers from Uzbekistan

08.09.2006 17:20 msk Migration Russia

This is the first publication in the new series dedicated to the life of Central Asian communities in Russia. Our studies indicate existence of a great deal of Uzbek communities throughout Russia. Here is a story of the community in Astrakhan. Astrakhan is a multi-ethnic region. Russians, Tatars, Nogais, Kazakhs, Kalmyks, Turkmens, Dagestanis (including Avars, Lezgins, and so on), Uzbeks, Tajiks, Germans, and others have lived here since time out of mind. The 2006 roster of regional associations of ethnic culture with the official status includes 28 communities - discounting local ethnic-cultural societies and autonomies...

Kazakh Interior Ministry published interim results of the labor immigrant legalization campaign

28.08.2006 11:13 msk Migration Kazakhstan

About 24,000 foreigners from Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Russia have gone legal and received certificates of immigrants in Kazakhstan. Most immigrants are menial workers at construction sites and vendors. Applications for legalization are forwarded to the authorities by their employers (4,348 applications have already been submitted). Valid for three years, certificate of immigrant defines the person's legal status in Kazakhstan and sees to his or her social protection.

Another group of refugees from Andijan is coming back to Uzbekistan

23.08.2006 14:15 msk Migration

Independent web site Uzbekinfo.org reports that 41 refugee from Andijan currently residing in the United States intends to return to Uzbekistan on August 24. Thirty-five refugees live in Pennsylvania, three in Ohio, and three in Maryland.

Kazakh National Patriots urge ethnic Russians to go home

16.08.2006 13:19 msk Migration Kazakhstan

Kazakh Republican Movement Ult Tagdyry [Fate of the Nation] released an appeal to the Russian diaspora in Kazakhstan. Ult Tagdyry supports President Vladimir Putin's suggestion to the compatriots abroad to come home and urges executive power structures of Kazakhstan to help "whoever wants to return to Russia."

Human rights activist Tolib Yakubov and a colleague of his left Uzbekistan for Alma-Ata

11.08.2006 13:58 msk Migration

Tolib Yakubov. Ferghana.Ru photo
Tolib Yakubov, one of the best known Uzbek human rights activists and chairman of the semi-legal Society for Human Rights, and Abdujalil Boimatov of the Society Secretariat are currently in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan. The human rights activists illegally crossed the Uzbek-Kazakh border on July 31 and made it to Alma-Ata the following day where they approached the Kazakh International Bureau for Human Rights and Law.

Journalists from Uzbekistan settle in Sweden and even organize protest actions

Journalists from Uzbekistan settle in Sweden and even organize protest actions

19.07.2006 17:26 msk Migration

Sitting at a street cafe, we sip a weak beer (some local brand) and watch pretty blondes cycling by. "Sweden is a country of cyclists," Kudrat Babadjanov said. Babadjanov has been in Sweden since February when he and several other Uzbek journalists were granted political asylum in this country. The nationwide campaign against independent media outlets that followed the massacre in Andijan resulted in a journalistic exodus from Uzbekistan. Bureaus of RL/RFE, BBC, and office of IWPR - foreign media outlets employing a great deal of local correspondents - were closed in Uzbekistan. Lots of correspondents who had spoken up on what was happening in the country left Uzbekistan for fear of arrest or reprisals.

Menial workers from Uzbekistan sold one of their group to slave-masters to earn their own way home

19.07.2006 17:09 msk Migration

In early spring, four young men from the Samarkand region decided to travel to Russia to earn their families' living. They had heard somewhere that there were special coaches running to Russia, raised the sum they were told would suffice to pay their fare, and turned up at the bus stop.

Ethnic communities in Moscow: no Uzbek organizations

Ethnic communities in Moscow: no Uzbek organizations

22.06.2006 16:55 msk Migration

It should be noted right away that an organized Uzbek diaspora as such does not exist. There is the Embassy and the Consulate General in Moscow, there are lots of Uzbeks and that is all. All attempts to organize them - and there were quite a few - failed to produce the desired results. Embassy of Uzbekistan is an extremely closed organization. Diplomats are permanently incommunicado. Phones are never answered and if they are, whoever answers inevitably refers the caller to some other official and hangs up. Author of this article reached Embassy Press Secretary Muzaffar Zahidov and asked for an interview for a piece on how people from Uzbekistan live in Moscow and for assistance in general. That was the last time anyone answered the phone in the Embassy.

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